SAN JOSE -- Corey Crawford will get the start but Steve Montador (upper body) is doubtful when the Chicago Blackhawks play the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
It's Crawford's turn again after Ray Emery had the past two starts. Crawford had a strong game in here last time, a 1-0 loss to the Sharks in November. But whoever's in net, the Blackhawks desperately need a victory to halt their 0-5-1 skid.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Montador is day to day with the injury he suffered against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Meanwhile, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who was out sick Wednesday and today, is feeling better and is likely to play Friday.
With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?
Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.
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